Embassy Cinema

Jaws and Grease lighting

By Jonathan Mumford

Gala Bingo Hall 2008
Nick Connell

When I was little, my mum used to take my sisters and me to the Embassy cinema at Waltham Cross. I remember going to see Jaws, I was only eight, and it scared the life out of me.

When Grease came out, I really wanted to see it. The queue to get in went right round the corner; by the time we got to the entrance, the cinema was full. I was so upset I cried all the way home.

Waltham Cross had so many shops. I remember it had two television shops. If you had a bit of money you could buy your television outright from Rumblelows, if you were not so flash, you hired your television from DER TV, to make the television work,  50p would have to be inserted into the back of the set.

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  • I remember when the Embassy was converted from one big cinema into three in ’72/73 – Wow, fantastic! The first film I saw there after the conversion was ‘What’s Up Doc’.
    Queued up to see ‘The Towering Inferno’. Me and my mate were first in the queue to see Star Wars in ’77…how sad!! Remember the tea room upstairs & also the Regent cinema opposite which was a bit of a bug hutch. Fond memories!

    By Keith Fuller (21/04/2018)
  • Me and my sister Carol went to the Embassy in the late 1950’s early 1960’s with our friend Jane Ford, when we lived in Upshire, Waltham Abbey. Our friends parents had the nursery in Upshire.

    By Beverley Flory nee Johnson (11/02/2018)
  • I used to go to the Embassy Cinema from 1938 until the 1950s whilst living at Enfield Highway. During the latter part of the war on weekday afternoons the front seats used to be occupied by German POWs, from their camp in Bullsmoor Lane.

    By S. Webb (31/12/2017)
  • I never did the Saturday morning pictures as a kid, but I remember going to see a whole range of films at the Embassy in the 60s and 70s, from Carry On Jack as a kid to Star Wars as an adult. There were three cinemas within an easy bus ride then (the Embassy and Regent in Waltham Cross and the Pavillion in Hoddesdon) but the Embassy was by far the most luxurious one.

    By Nicholas Blatchley (10/05/2017)
  • I remember going to Saturday morning pictures at the Embassy in the early 70s watching Abbot and Costello, the three Stugess etc.

    By Anne Smith (07/05/2017)
  • Me and my twin used to go to the embassy on Fridays after work when we were 15 for tea upstairs. We both loved it

    By Linda lauezzari (09/11/2016)